The Suffolk Times set up posts Sunday on both its Facebook “friend” page and “fan” page to help keep readers updated on gas station information on the North Fork.
Click here for the friend page and here for the fan page.
(Unfortunately, we’ve reached our limit of friends but like our fan page and you can follow along and interact just as effectively.)
You can also email tips or photos to Michael White at [email protected].
Meanwhile, developers at GasBuddy.com developers announced an online tool Sunday to track gas on Long Island.
“The tool is immediately available for those in the affected regions by visiting gasbuddy.com/sandy from a web broswer via desktop or mobile phone connection,” company issues said in a press statement. “Due to the approval process for smartphone apps, this tool will be web-based only at this time, but GasBuddy is looking into ways to permanently have such a feature in its smartphone apps as well.”
As supplies slowly begin to make their way onto Long Island, gas stations on the North Fork are still in short supply as of Saturday morning.
Valero in Cutchogue is open and the line for gas remains long.
The Hess Station in Mattituck and Empire in Laurel were both empty Saturday morning. Stations in Greenport were also out.
A few confirmed gas stations that are open farther west include a Valero station in Jamesport and a Citgo next to Riverhead Dodge on Main Street.
Citgo in Calverton on Route 25 is also open.
The New York Times reported that the Defense Department is sending 24 millions gallons to the region and that things should stabilize soon. The biggest problem is panic buying from the public.
Assemblyman Dan Losquadro provided some updates via Facebook this morning. He said demand outstripped the initial supply of gas that came in yesterday, but that should gradually ease over the next few days. The Northville Industries gasoline terminal in Holtsville is operational. The U.S. Military is also using equipment to bring in 12 million gallons of unleaded and 10 million gallons of diesel that will be spread across the entire region affected by the storm, Mr. Losquadro said.
Supplies should return to normal within the next few days, he said. In the meantime, he encouraged people to limit their driving as much as possible to conserve fuel.